SCOTLAND AND MONSTERS

And then the day came, when the long promised trip to Inverness at last was on the schedule. What a treat! Imagine, the opportunity to see Lohness and Nessy! Why not to believe in miracles? We Latvians are prone to them 🙂 We even have made an animation movie about Nessy. If you have time, watch it here: http://mp3download.ws/mp3/sJNLE9UDcxc/Lochness8/Ness+Un+Nesija+1991/

Our animators have concocted a new story about Nessie from Lochness and Ness from our Latvian lake Inesis. This is a very touching love story about two dinosaurs who were parted by ecological calamity. But everything ends well and they live happily ever after.

But let’s revert to the trip. I’ll try to show you it on photos. Inverness is situated at the mouth of the River Ness (which flows from nearby Loch Ness). Loch Ness  is a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands extending for approximately 37 km (23 mi) southwest of Inverness. Its surface is 15.8 m (52 ft) above sea level. Loch Ness is best known for alleged sightings of the cryptozoological Loch Ness Monster, also known affectionately as “Nessie”.

At Drumnadrochit is “The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition” which examines the natural history and legend of Loch Ness. Boat cruises operate from various locations on the loch shore, giving visitors the chance to look for the “monster“.

Urquhart Castle is located on the Western shore, 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Drumnadrochit. And now to the photos.

At the Lochness centre

At the Lochness centre

To get to the lake we had to cross the stream.

To get to the lake we had to cross the stream.

Waddling in the Lochness. Nessy at that time had her beauty sleep. So I missed her. OK, till the next time :)

Waddling in the Lochness. Nessy at that time had her beauty sleep. So I missed her. OK, till the next time 🙂

Nearby beasts

Nearby beasts

And now Inverness

And now Inverness

 Inverness is one of Europe's fastest growing cities,[7] with a third of the Highland population living in or around the city[8] and is ranked fifth out of 189 British cities for its quality of life, the highest of any Scottish city.[9] In the recent past, Inverness has experienced rapid economic growth .

Inverness is one of Europe’s fastest growing cities, with a third of the Highland population living in or around the city and is ranked fifth out of 189 British cities for its quality of life, the highest of any Scottish city. In the recent past, Inverness has experienced rapid economic growth.

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Inverness is an important centre for bagpipe players and lovers, since every September the city hosts the Northern Meeting. The Inverness cape, a garment worn in the rain by pipers the world over, is not necessarily made in Inverness.

Another major event in calendar is the annual City of Inverness Highland Games.

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Inverness City Centre lies on the east bank of the river and is linked to the west side of the town by three road bridges (Ness Bridge, Friars Bridge and the Black (or Waterloo) Bridge) and by one of the town’s suspension foot bridges, the Grieg Street Bridge. The traditional city centre was a triangle bounded by High Street, Church Street and Academy Street, within which Union Street and Queensgate are cross streets parallel to High Street. Between Union Street and Queensgate is the Victorian Market, which contains a large number of small shops. The main Inverness railway station is almost directly opposite the Academy Street entrance to the Market. From the 1970s, the Eastgate Shopping Centre was developed to the east of High Street, with a substantial extension being completed in 2003.

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Inverness is home to two summer music festivals, Rockness and the Tartan Heart Festival, that bring a variety of different music to the town.

Inverness is home to two summer music festivals, Rockness and the Tartan Heart Festival, that bring a variety of different music to the town.

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